Throwback Thursday: Rolls-Royce Trademark Registered in 1935

The Rolls-Royce trademark was registered on this day, June 18,   in 1935. The working partnership of Charles Stewart Rolls and Henry Frederick Royce began in 1904, was incorporated in 1906, and blossomed in 1908 when the partners moved their factory from Manchester to Derby (in England) and focused solely in producing the Silver Ghost […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: First Air-Conditioned Building

Can you imagine working today, when it’s nearly 100 degrees, in a building without air-conditioning? More than a century ago, those were the steamy conditions under which people had to carry out their office jobs. Though the term “air conditioning” was not coined until the early ’40s, on July 17, 1902, the air in the […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Invention of the Mouse

Doug Engelbart invented the computer mouse in the early 1960s in his research lab at Stanford Research Institute (now SRI International). The first prototype was built in 1964, the patent application for this “X-Y position indicator for a display system” was filed in 1967, and US Patent 3,541,541 was awarded in 1970. The basic idea […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: “The House that Babe Built” Opens

Yankee Stadium officially opened on April 18, 1923, with the Yankees’ first home game, against the Boston Red Sox. According to the New York Evening Telegram, “everything smelled of … fresh paint, fresh plaster and fresh grass.” At 3 pm, composer-conductor John Philip Sousa led the Seventh (“Silk-Stocking”) Regiment Band in playing The Star-Spangled Banner. […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Origin of the Term “OK”

On this day in 1839, the initials O.K.  are first published in The Boston Morning Post. Meant as an abbreviation for oll korrect,  a popular slang misspelling of all correct  at the time, OK steadily made its way into the everyday speech of Americans. During the late 1830s, it was a favorite […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: St. Patrick’s Day

March 17 (this Sunday) is Saint Patrick’s Day. It’s actually the anniversary of St. Patrick’s death (as it is for designated saints days). St. Patrick’s Day is a Catholic feast day celebrating the patron saint of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain in the late 4th century, he was kidnapped at the age of 16 and […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: The History of New Year’s Eve

Civilizations around the world have been celebrating the start of each new year for at least four millennia. Today, most New Year’s festivities begin on December 31 (New Year’s Eve), the last day of the Gregorian calendar, and continue into the early hours of January 1 (New Year’s Day). Common traditions include attending parties, eating […]

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Origins of Some Holiday Traditions

Courtesy of Mental Floss online HANGING STOCKINGS While there’s no official record of why we hang socks for Santa, one of the most plausible explanations is that it’s a variation on the old tradition of leaving out shoes with hay inside them on December 5, the eve of St. Nicholas’s feast day. Lucky children would […]

WEDNESDAY THANKSGIVING FACTS

Start a conversation with a relative you see only once or twice a year, and impress your family members and friends at the holiday table when you share some of these interesting facts about Thanksgiving ! 1. The first Thanksgiving was actually a three-day celebration. Governor William Bradford organized the feast, inviting the Plymouth colonists’ […]

WEDNESDAY WORKFACT: Remote Work

{excerpted from an article at work flexibility.org} Here are five fast facts about the history of remote work: 1. Working from home is an ancient concept. From hunter-gatherers to the first farmers, home was not only where the heart is ”it was where the work was done, too. People lived and worked in the same […]